Saturday, June 29, 2013

Must Try Beer Brands

St. Bernardus Abt. 12

Brand from: St. Bernard Brouwerij in Watou, Belgium
Beer category: Belgian Style Ales
Beer type: Abt/Quadrupel
Alcohol content: 10.5%
Abt, or quadrupel, is the name given to ultra-strong Trappist and abbey ales. Alcohol is very high commonly for both. This brew is the highest in alcohol content, 10.5%, so St. Patrick's day imbibers beware. Most wines are between 13-15%. This is a dark, fruity and smooth beer.

Bass Pale Ale

Brand from: Samlesbury in Preston, England
Beer category: Anglo American-Ale
Beer type: Premium Bitter ESB (extra special bitter)
Alcohol content: 5%
One can find many bitter beers in English breweries. Premium Bitters are stronger in alcohol—above 4.8%. Bass is a classic example of this variety. Bass is amber with a toasty flavor and light enough to sip all evening (responsibly).

Stella Artois

Brand from: InBev Belgium in Leuven, Belgium
Beer category: Lagers
Beer type: Pale Lager
Alcohol content: 5.2%
Pale Lagers are probably one of the best known types of beer, including the drinkable but predictable Budweisers, Heinekens, and Coronas. Stella Artois has a nice yeasty aroma and a clean flavor; get it from a freshly tapped keg for the best taste.


Brand from: Brasserie dOrval inFlorenville - Villers-d.-Orval, Belgium
Beer category: Belgian Style Ales
Beer type: Belgian Ale
Alcohol content: 6.2%
Beers that qualify as this style rarely fit neatly into beer categories. Color can range as can acidity, malt levels, hoppiness and yeastiness. Though the alcohol is generally under 7%. Orval, unlike other Trappist breweries, only makes one ale available to the public. Between the first and second fermentation the beer also undergoes additional dry-hopping process resulting in a extra-dry, hoppy beer.

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